Newborn Hearing Screening Training in Ethiopia

Alongside the launch of Newborn Hearing Screening, the HHA held training sessions for 23 nurses, doctors and midwives who will carry out the programme. The HHA provided practical and theoretical sessions on the PathMedical screening devices, donated by MED-EL and the ADA. The graduates of this course will be the first link in a chain of care that will help babies with hearing impairment on the road from identification to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Hearing Screening Launch in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has taken a significant step towards improving the health and well-being of its youngest citizens with the launch of a universal newborn hearing screening pilot programme. MED-EL and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) have partnered with local clinics and experts to deliver this life changing service.

45,741 Hearing Screenings!

The HHA has screened 45741 infants for hearing loss! Congratulations to all who have contributed to this incredible milestone!

Public Health Training in Kenya

How do you reduce the burden of hearing loss across a population? This was a key question at the second Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment (PHPHI) workshop in Africa. Between 16 and 20 October, 37 healthcare professionals from across eastern Africa gathered at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and MED-EL have partnered to deliver this valuable training which gives participants powerful, systematic tools to address hearing impairment.

“CI in Emerging Nations” Conference in Istanbul

ENT professionals from all over the world gathered in Istanbul to discuss how to improve access to hearing healthcare at the international conference “7th World Congress of Cochlear Implantation in Emerging Countries”. The Global CI Access Network hosted the 3-day conference between September 14 and 16 together with experts from all partner countries. Delegates presented on the key pillars of the Hearing Healthcare Alliance by giving examples of their implementation in their respective region.

New Hearing Rehab Workshops in Africa

The HHA is thrilled to welcome participants to our second Professional Certificate in Hearing Rehabilitation (PCHR) in Africa! After the success of the first course which finished in July, 12 new hearing healthcare professionals from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda gathered in Accra, Ghana for the first of four week-long workshops. Together, participants will develop crucial skills in the rehabilitation of children with hearing impairment through practical workshops and seminars.

Hearing Rehab Workshops in Africa

Coming from across Sub-Saharan Africa, a group of rehab professionals joined the launch of a new Professional Certificate in Hearing Rehabilitation. During the orientation session held on 20 July, participants began with a Situation Analysis bringing attention to the state of the field and the importance of rehabilitation of hearing loss. Over the coming months, there will be 12 days of practical coursework including an in-person workshop in Ghana in September.

Otology Masterclass in Tanzania

Congratulations to our partners in Tanzania for holding the first Otology Masterclass led by instructors entirely from Tanzania. Twelve participating surgeons, who all rated the training as excellent, worked through topics including audiology, speech pathology, radiology, anatomy, surgery, and case presentations. Alongside lectures from local and international experts, participants were able to get into the lab for hands-on skills training sessions where they practiced temporal bone dissection, mastoidectomies, posterior tympanotomy, myringotomy and grommet tube insertions on the bones.

Hearing Rehab in Uganda

The Professional Certificate in Hearing Rehabilitation (PCHR) in Kampala, Uganda keeps rehab professionals at the top of their game. Over four days in July, the HHA and MED-EL’s audiology and rehab experts worked with nine professionals from Uganda to boost their skills in this important discipline. Using video reviews of their own clinical work, the rehab professionals workshopped their techniques and approaches with their colleagues and MED-EL experts.

Start of New-born Hearing Screening in Nigeria

Together with the National Ear Care Centre Kaduna, the centre of excellence in the field of ENT in Nigeria, the HHA partnered up to kick off the first large scale new-born hearing screening program in Nigeria. In two days of screening and diagnostic training in Kaduna, followed by two further days of tracking training in Abuja, 18 ENT specialists learnt to identify infants with hearing impairment and to initiate their further treatment.